If you have watched the first two ODIs of current Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka series then you must have seen Tamim falling on the ground after trying to defend yorkers from Lankans. Although Tamim was able to survive Nuwan Pradeep’s yorker in the second ODI while he got bowled by Malinga’s one in the first ODI. Whatever, that scene of Tamim falling on the ground, has become the symbolic image of the whole Bangladesh team right now.
After losing the first game by a big margin of 93 runs, the Tiger Squad lost the second one by 7 wickets under Tamim Iqbal’s captency. It was a huge opportunity for the others players to prove themself while there was no Sakib in this tour after the World Cup. But there was sign of such temperments. Except Mushfiq, the whole Bangladesh team was too poor in both the Batting and Bowling deparments. On the other hand, Sri lanka team looks too matured in the field.
Bangladeshi bowlers were too expensive while they bowled first in the first match. So Tamim decided to bat first in this game. But nothing changed for the Batsmen as well. Although they started steadily, no one from the top and the middle order has been able to stay at the crease for a longer period of time. That’s why Bangladesh became 117 for 6 at the middle phase of the game. But thanks to Mushfiqur Rahim and Mehdy Miraz. These two take the score to 238 for 9 by the end of 50 over. Specially Musfiq’s unbeaten 98 runs innings help them to reach that total.
After watching the first game of this Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, everyone thought that the wicket will turn to a slow and a turning one in the second innings. So the 238 run was not bad total at all. But Bangladesh couldn’t manage to show that sort of body language to defend that 238 runs from the wards go. Rather Sri Lanka got a 71 runs stand by the opening pair. After having that strong platform, Sri Lanka manages to win that match by losing only 3 Wickets with 32 balls to spare. Sri lanka clinched the series by 2-0 with a match to go.
Avishka Fernando, the man of the match, scored 82 runs, couldn’t manage to grab his first ever ODI ton. Angelo Mathews was unbeaten on 51 and Kusal Mendis was unbeaten on 41 runs while they got home with a 7 wickets victory.
Tamim Iqbal, who was named as the captain for his side for the very first time, showed his disappointment in his post-match statement.
He said, ‘We won an important toss because we knew that the pitch will spin later on. We added a spinner for the same reason. I did tell at the toss that we needed to start well but losing four wickets early didn’t help.’
Later he added about the bowling of his side, ‘Not a 300 kind of pitch but at least 260 would have been a good score. The way we bowled today, I doubt if even 300 would have been enough. We had our moments in both the games but we just aren’t ready to do the hard work to push ourselves across the line.’
After winning a home series after 44 months, Dimuth Karunaratne, the winning captain said, ‘We did really well and it was on our minds that we hadn’t won at home in a long time. It was challenging against Bangladesh but we did really well. We wanted to bat first but that’s how things go. Bowlers did a good job and put their hands up. Akila came after a long time to the team and did really well. Did his job perfectly of keeping the pressure. Avishka was told to play freely as we knew that the wicket will turn more as the innings progresses. Unfortunate that he couldn’t get his hundred, hopefully he will do it in the future.’
Now, it has become a tough ask for the Bangladesh team to avoid the whitewash after losing the first two games by a huge margin. Honestly, they need to do something special to do that.